Recent App Reviews
As I wrote in a recent blog post (Are you the Ultimate Movie Buff? Prove it!), I am a movie fan. I'm also an iPhone fan, obviously, so it's nice when the two interests coincide. There was a time when movie producers had to be convinced to build a website to promote a new movie. Now, it's all about apps. Two new movies have done a good job using free apps to drive interest in the corresponding film.
"iStoryTime, a company dedicated to bringing children’s stories to the iPhone and iPad, just released their 31st children’s book today – “Shrek Forever After”. The new book, which is available on iTunes for $1.99, times with the nationwide release of the movie tomorrow." Read on for a video preview, and full press release...
Macworld has a great article listing 11 essential apps for your iPad. These are all paid apps. The one that really caught my eye is Air Video ($2.99), which lets you stream video from your Mac or PC to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It actually converts the videos on the fly to a format compatible with your device.
If you like trivia and games that test your knowledge, Bible Challenge is one you should own. The objective of the game is to make a path from the first row of squares to the fifth row. You do this in one of four options of game play: hangman, fill in the blanks, true/false questions, or trivia.
I have been a big fan of mind mapping software since my good friend and former co-worker Glenn Ferrel introduced the concept to me nearly 10 years ago. He showed me how a complex project or process with multiple relationships could be easily described and managed using the mind map approach. This allows relationships to be clumped together to help show relationships between concepts and activities. These ideas branch out from a centralized theme or objective and fluidly show the connections between the thoughts, ideas and objectives identified. Unlike more strict and discrete project management tools like Gantt charts, mind maps allow free association/disassociation as ideas formulate, shift and re-synthesize into a more crystalized state. The best us
Have you ever been frustrated because a really fun (or potentially fun) game is marred by one feature? It’s even worse when that feature is critical to game play. Unfortunately, Dungeon Run is just such a game. The game is a nice variation of a cool concept. It looks good, sounds good, and has a nice assortment of levels to keep you busy for a while. Sadly, the controls will make sure that you stay busy on some levels a lot more than you need to. I hope they revisit the controls some day, because it definitely makes the difference between a mediocre and really good game in this case.
A game whose play involves catapulting involves catapulting birds into castles occupied by green pigs hardly sounds like the stuff of a winner. But Angry Birds ($0.99) is the top-selling game in the App Store — and so popular that it got written up in the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago. It has an astonishing 25,000 five-star ratings in the App store. It has two key components: it's fun and addictive.
I admit it, I am a self-confessed movie junkie. When watching animated movies, I love to identify the actors from their voices, and on the rare occasion when I can't place the name, I have the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) app and website close at hand. So I looked forward to playing with Ultimate Movie Buff, $0.99, from Super Monko Studio, especially since it is billed as "dedicated to cinemaholic people"!
I love to Jigsaw Puzzles. But what I don't about them is loosing a crucial piece, the dusty bits and having to clean it up after all that hard work. Worst of all - they are not portable....you can't take them on a train, plane, car or room to room.
I have found a solution!! It's Just Jigsaw for the iPad. It's all the fun of jigsaw without the bother.